De-weaponization by Design
Brass knuckles, on a functional level, are weapons kitsch. Yet the form remains menacing, and thus potent material for design-riffing. Here are a few of the examples I've collected, and what they say about subverting, and perverting, an object devised for violence.
Recently I discovered, in a box full of dusty computer/device manuals and the like, the “Graffiti Reference Card” and stickers that came with a Palm Pilot I owned years ago. It felt like discovering evidence of a dead language, a set of uncanny interaction-design runes.
Selling Stories With Stuff
What's bothersome about the way many observers discuss the importance of "story" is that they treat it as a tool, a means to an end, something that exists only in the service of "stuff." But a good story is no means to an an end: It is
an end, with a significance all its own.